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Practise Itikaf In The Month Of Ramzan

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 12, 2020

Itikaf is a very special practice, marking the closure of the blessed month of Ramzan. Observers of this practice are required to stay in a mosque for ten days or less, during the last ten days of Ramzan. Abu Hurairah reported: The Prophet used to observe itikaf every year (during Ramzan) for ten days; in the year in which he passed away, he observed itikaf for twenty days.

Fasting Symbolizes Sacrifice for God

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 12, 2020

1. Fasting Symbolizes Sacrifice for God

The outward form of fasting is to abstain from food and water. This abstinence symbolizes the fact that man is at God’s disposal, and should be willing, always, to sacrifice anything for His sake, even relinquishing such basic necessities as food and water.

2. Human Aspect of Fasting

Ramadan is a month in which people are helped and shown compassion. This is the human

Goal of Fasting

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 10, 2020

1. Goal of Fasting

The goal of fasting is to develop in man the ability to lead his life bound by restrictions, rather than lead a totally unfettered life.

2. Significance of Fasting

There is much more to fasting than the caution and gratitude induced by the purely outward, physical forms of abstention. It’s greater significance lies in its symbolism of an inner, spiritual eagerness to make all kinds of sacrifices.

FASTING AND SELF-PURIFICATION

By Maulana Wahiduddin Khan | The Speaking Tree | May 02, 2020

Fasting is an exercise in self-discipline. During the month of Ramadan, the believer abstains from food and drink in the daytime of his own free will. It is only after sunset that he satisfies his hunger and quenches his thirst. In this way, he builds up his self-control. By practicing restraint for one month in a year, he is able to lead a life of self-discipline in all matters for the rest of the year.